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Sakura Girl by Rhedrin Sakura Girl by Rhedrin
Paper: 20lb printer paper
Lines: *sureya's lineart [link] traced with a Micron 01 pen.

Copics Used
Skin: E000, E00
Hair: E15, E25, E27, E29
Cherry Blossoms: Y00, Y13, V04, RV11, RV00
Kimono: B32, B14, BV04, B24
Kimono pattern: BG13, RV09, RV34, RV11, RV52
Obi: V17, RV06, BV04
Yukata: C0, C2
Sandals: E31, E34, R29, BG90


Copic coloring of ~darkchilightchi's adopted character; originally seen in #color-me-club.

Only post-work done was trimming out the unused paper background and using a 'Reduce Noise' filter to smooth out the color to match more what is on paper. I am well aware of the bleed spots and there is a reason I won't touch them up.

Wow, did I put the pressure on myself here! So many hours over several nights spent being very careful and coloring in phases. I got to work on my usual blending technique and tried something new that I think came out really well with the obi.

I had a lot of fun working on this, despite the one night that I started to get upset over having let a section completely dry and messing up one thing I was working on, but I really like the altered outcome way more than what it would have been.


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:iconphoenixdawncreations:
I'm going to begin this critique by addressing the rating of Originality. This piece is a colored version of another artist's line-art, so that consideration must be taken into account. It does impact Originality a little, but only a small amount. The other impact is that the creator of the character clearly designed a character who fits within a traditional Japanese genre (or at least looks like it). The color choices reflect that, impacting Originality to a small degree, and benefiting my rating for Vision; these colors fit the original vision as far as I can see it quite nicely, providing a lovely compliment.

The Technique is really quite solid. It took me three years minimum to learn how to blend with Copic markers, and so I have a first-hand knowledge of how difficult it can be. The blending here could use a small amount of work in the transitional areas, but that's a very nit-picky observation, as those areas are not distracting in any real way.

The use of light and shadows in the body are consistent and lovely, showing me that there is a defined light source somewhere off of the picture plane. The light/shadow in the kimono is not consistent with the rest of the figure; however, it is consistent within itself, suggesting that this could be a quality of the fabric used, and also being a subtle variation.

Overall, the visual impact is beautiful. There are a few small things that could be taken into consideration next time, but before I mention them, I'll point out that most of them can also be beneficial to the final piece, which is why the Impact rating is at 5.

The big one is the bow; the colors are both dark, and only the subtlest shift between warm and cool exists to differentiate them. On the one hand, this means that the patterning of the bow is not as defined as the patterning of the kimono. On the other hand, it also creates an even more interesting contrast; bright colors contrasting with dark, clarity contrasting with subtlety. Contrast is one of the fundamentals of traditional Japanese kimono dressing (kitsuke), which makes this work in a factual way as well as being very visually interesting.

The other one is the flowers of the kimono, and this is really just a nit-picky observation. As that beautiful blue transitions from light to dark, there isn't as much transition of the same nature in the flowers. However, the color choice is still striking, benefiting Impact quite a bit, in my opinion.

Overall, I think this is a very successful piece. There is always room for improvement in any work, and those areas I identified here are minor things that don't really have any major negative impact on the finished piece. I look forward to seeing more works by this artist, and maybe even producing some line-art of my own for him to color. :)
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ArtFurry Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Student General Artist
very nice coloring and proportion :)
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murdock49 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice coloring! Could you explain what new technique you used for the obi (I'm not very familiar with the proper japanese terminology, but I suspect it is that "scarf" around her waist), please? I would be very interested in this as I'm trying to learn as many different techniques as possible in order to have wide range to choose from. Thanks :D
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Rhedrin Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you and you are correct on your assumption of which part is the obi. I had been thinking of how not to be incredibly wordy in my explanation (I couldn't even verbally explain it to ~IAmArkain without taking a few deep breaths). I tried to do a search for Copic tutorials, but none I saw featured what I did. So I'll make some deviations in the next week or so explaining the techniques I used. I'll send you a note when they're done.
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murdock49 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, that's very nice!
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IAmArkain Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great techniques for a very unique look! You're using copics in ways I never thought of. Good job! :headbang:
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darkchilightchi Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Thats amazing, I LOVE the blue and the way the flowers came out, Its great <3 nice work
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Rhedrin Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! There was a bit of agonizing over the colors I was going to use for the flower pattern and to not make the obi stand out too much. I'm glad you like how it came out.
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darkchilightchi Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
I am the same way with mine trying to get the colors just right so that it all works together <3 but you did an amazing job
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